2016 Vivaltus Proprietary Blend

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DC 97 JS 96 JA 96 WA 96 VN 95
DC 97

Decanter, August 2021

What a debut! Even given the distinguished track record of Bordeaux-based consultant Jean-Claude Berrouet, this is a remarkable wine that is part of a welcome new trend in Ribera del Duero. Elegant and refreshing, it has...
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, January 2024

The scented white pepper, botanical, floral nose with a fine stemmy touch accents the cherry, blue plum and spice notes. Contained and pure, with firm but silky tannins contributing to the fine texture and lovely fluidity...
JA 96

janeanson.com, September 2021

Needs time to open up, as even at five years old it has muscles and well-framed fruits, but it is so worth the wait of a few hours in a carafe. Fragrant raspberry leaf, sandalwood, tobacco, pencil lead, juicy black...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019

The eponymous 2016 Vivaltus was really impressive. I was already amazed at the unbottled sample, and the finished wine seems even better! It's a blend of Tempranillo with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, mostly from...
VN 95

Vinous, November 2023

The 2016 Vivaltus is the first vintage of this 100% Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, made with the assistance of Bordeaux winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet, a noteworthy collaboration. Garnet-red in hue. Undergrowth, plum...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Spain
Region Ribera Del Duero
Vintage 2016
Size 5L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Vivaltus is a captivating red wine that hails from the esteemed Ribera Del Duero region in Spain. This proprietary blend showcases the mastery of winemaking, resulting in a truly exceptional and memorable experience for the senses.

In the glass, the Vivaltus displays a deep, garnet color that hints at its complexity and depth. Its enticing aromatics immediately captivate the nose, offering an ethereal and perfumed bouquet. Notes of violets, wild berries, and herbs intertwine elegantly, creating a symphony of scents that invite further exploration.

On the palate, the Vivaltus reveals its true prowess. This wine exhibits ultra-refined tannins that lend a velvety texture and a fine, chalky minerality that adds depth and structure. The flavors are clean, focused, and precise, showcasing the skillful blending of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Juicy black cherry, fragrant raspberry leaf, and blood orange dance harmoniously with hints of sandalwood, tobacco, and pencil lead. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded the 2016 Vivaltus an impressive score of 96 points. He describes the wine as "amazing" and praises its elegant and nuanced character. Parker notes that the wine was fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and aged in French barriques, allowing the true essence of the grapes to shine through.

Another respected critic, Jane Anson, echoes Parker's sentiment, awarding the Vivaltus a score of 96 points. Anson recommends decanting the wine to fully appreciate its muscles and well-framed fruits. She highlights the finesse and complexity of the wine, attributing it to the selection of old vines and the expertise of winemakers Montxo Martinez and Jean-Claude and Jeff Berrouet.

Decanter magazine also lauds the 2016 Vivaltus, awarding it an outstanding score of 97 points. They describe it as a remarkable debut and a welcome trend in Ribera del Duero. The wine's elegance, refreshing nature, and subtle oak nuances are commended, showcasing the ambition and commitment of owner Yllera.

The 2016 Vivaltus is a wine that exemplifies excellence and artistry. With its captivating aromas, refined tannins, and precise flavors, it will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast fortunate enough to experience it.